Cleaning products have become ubiquitous. They are in random use at homes and offices. Oftentimes the floor, furniture, kitchens, countertops, restrooms, clothes, windows, and bed spreads become messy, and hence, need to be cleaned up. The need to do so becomes all the more pressing, especially after damp and soggy winters, when you are forced to remain cramped up at home.
The real cleaning spree starts with the advent of the Spring when you feel like flinging open the windows, and allow some fresh air to breeze in. This is the time for you to roll up your sleeves and get done with annual cleaning. In this process, however, you tend to use the conventional petroleum-based products. These are laced with chemicals, which are detrimental to our health and environment. In fact, more than half of the global population has been using these chemical products, seemingly unaware of their implications.
Here are a few green cleaning tips for you to clean your home:
Use green cleaning products: With passing time, people have developed awareness regarding the hazardous effects of chemicals on health and environment. Hence, they are on the lookout for green products. Consequently, a large number of green and healthy cleaning stuffs have started flooding the markets. All of them are made of renewable ingredients, and are biodegradable. In case, you don’t wish to spend money on labelled products, there is nothing to worry about! Use baking soda, and vinegar which are effective in cleaning almost every corner of your house.
- Use baking Soda: If you have an old carpet which gives out a kind of musty smell, then sprinkle some baking soda over it. This absorbs the emanating odor. Use a vacuum-cleaner over it. Also, people use it to get rid of strange smells coming from their refrigerators.
Avoid using Anti-Bacterial Cleaners: Some people have the notion that anti-bacterial cleaners are more effective than soaps and water for cleaning hands. However, these products fail to check the growth of bacteria and instead, increase the risk of breeding germs. It is, therefore, advisable to use regular soaps and not the anti-bacterial ones.
- Improve the quality of indoor air: Make it a point to open the windows of your house daily, so that fresh breeze comes in. Avoid using room-fresheners to remove the foul smell trapped in closed rooms. In case, you cannot open the windows due to certain unfavorable weather conditions, then boil cloves, or cinnamon for creating a pleasant odor. Peace lilies too emanate very good aroma.
- Dispose toxic cleaners carefully: In case, you have stopped using chemical cleaners and have switched over to the green products, do not make the mistake of tossing the former into trash. They would be, ultimately dumped into the landfills, and contaminate the soil. Also, refrain from dumping electronic wastes into the trash cans, or drains since they are non-biodegradable. They might get stuck in the drains, and pollute the water supply with toxins.
- Keep the filth outdoors: After a day’s outing, your shoes are soiled with all kinds of grime. Place a doormat at the entrance of your house. Use slippers instead of shoes while you are indoors. This is very important for those who have toddlers at home. Kids mostly play on the floor, and are likely to get infected. Hence, keep your kids away from all kinds of filth by using green tips. Also, it means that you need not sweep, mop, or vacuum your house daily. In the end, you end up using less energy, water and chemicals, thereby going green!